“The next few months offer great opportunities for consumers to find a wave of deals on cruise vacations,” said Geraldine Ree, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Expedia CruiseShipCenters. “With much of the country under snow and dreaming about blue water and white sand beaches, now is a great time to book a cruise. It is important for travelers to remember though, that they must do their homework when searching for the best value.”
The following are the top three tips from Expedia CruiseShipCenters to help consumers find the perfect cruise at the best possible price during wave season.
Get to know your cruise line choices:Choosing the wrong cruise line is a common mishap, especially among new cruisers. Many consumers will make a decision based on their familiarity of the brand name without investigating the type of people that typically vacation on that particular line. For example, some cruise lines cater more towards families, while others cater to seniors or a younger demographic. Each cruise line also offers vastly different onboard dining, entertainment and stateroom options which can often make or break your vacation experience. A travel professional can offer advice on what each cruise line has to offer and recommend the right cruise to meet your needs.
Look beyond the price tag: During wave season, cruise lines offer a number of different booking incentives, such as credits for drinks, shore excursions or even spa treatments. When considering which cruise to book, many consumers tend to look solely at the price rather than what is included in the full vacation package. It is important to take the time to evaluate what you’ll pay for before the cruise and what you’ll be expected to pay for onboard the ship in order to understand the value of the offer. For example a bonus offer covering your prepaid gratuities could save you hundreds of dollars, especially on longer sailings. Pay attention to the fine print and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
To get the best deal, use a travel professional:
To research cruise vacations and find a qualified Vacation Consultant, visit www.cruiseshipcenters.com.
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